I did change all the anchor text on the site from "product Review" to "My Experience With Product A" and so forth. I set my own anchor text to each post in the sidebar, and like to keep them short so the sidebar looks clean. That just fit, so I did change that. My permalinks are also product-review, so it may have been overkill I guess.
The weird thing is in my niche, the things ranking on page one are subdomain wordpress.com blogs, blogger blogs, and just total trash. Only the top three results are acceptable in the least.
It really upsets me that I am being placed back in the same place as the spam and trash when I know my content is so good. Its not personal opinion either, I cover things not available elsewhere because I called the company and asked questions, and did in depth research.
If it is an over optimization penalty though, why the homepage? and why on earth would I receive such a harsh punishment of being deemed spam in the back of the serps?